SRINAGAR: A vital bridge near Dabalpora-Wachi on river Jehlum has been waiting reconstruction from the last nine years. Locals accuse the government of “step motherly attitude” towards the area in southern Shopian district.
Commonly known as Wachi Bridge, the link lost the capacity to ferry heavy vehicles after it was partially damaged some years back.
“Some two and a half years back authorities started work on a new bridge, but after some time they stopped the construction for unknown reasons,” Abdul Aziz Mir, a resident of Wachi said.
Residents of Ganiepora, Fukipora, Dabalpora, Wachi and adjoining villages demand speedy reconstruction of the bridge. They say they face huge problems as the old bridge has no capacity to support heavy vehicles.
“We have to go a long distance through alternative road which not only costs us more but also consumes our time,” said a local truck driver.
Ghulam Muhammad Kumar, a villager, told Kashmir Reader that government did not seem serious about the construction of the bridge. He feared that the old bridge could cost lives if flow of traffic on the bridge was not stopped and speedy construction not undertaken.
The old bridge, villagers said, had major damages in its pillars.
Executive engineer of the Roads and Building department in Shopian, Abdul Aziz Bhat, told Kashmir Reader that he had been posted in Shopian only a week back.
“I will check the status of Wachi bridge,” he said.